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IAmJayBankz / Bio

Born in the parish of St. Catherine Jamaica and raised by my grandmother in Portmore. During my early childhood I went to live in the country with my Great Grandmother in Watermount St. Catherine. After spending my early childhood in the country with uncle Prince Nachelous a musician and artiste whom I admired. Some my favorite dancehall and reggae artists are Buju Banton, Garnett Silk, Beenie Man Bounty Killa and Professor Nuts. I began listening Rap music following artist such as Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Nas, Jay-Z, Rakim and Ron DMC. Fascinated by rappers such as JaRule, Nelly, Fabulous, Eminem and G-unit with 50 Cents becoming my newly rap icon.
A student of St. Catherine High School, I then went on studying at St. Jago High School. Where I put my musical talent to work, when I met Jamaica's best rappers Fo'5th. I develop a deeper love for the genre of music, where I entered my first freestyle battle in high school against Xandre who lyrically minced me in the battle. During that period of my life I was given the Alias 20 Cent aka Twenty amongst friends like Shawn, Leighton, Valdimir, Nupac, Columbian aka Dr Spaz and Dini whom often make fun of me with my lisp; A science major throughout high school I went on to University of Technology Jamaica where I studied Chemical Engineering. This was a critical point in my life where I had to choose music or getting my Bachelors in Chemical Engineering. I was renamed Bankz aka JBankz as a result of liking of rapper Lloyd Banks clever rap flow. That name stick as it had other relations because of my natural swag and couture. I then join friendship with five guys in my program Sean Zee, Jerky, Dexta, TGO' Diego and Kacey where we would vibe every Thursday after class ended. Cooking and listening to various instrumental each of us would expressed ourselves musically.
After Graduation and making plans to go Grad School I got a Job as a teacher at St. Jago high where I taught the sciences Biology, Physics and Mathematics for almost a year. Still playing around music I always aspire to be on BET television on day, while home seeking employment. Going on interview after interview I finally decided to try life elsewhere, when I reunited with Adrian aka Kitchens in New York. A colleague of mine where in our early childhood share a lot in common amongst superb work ethics and the love for music it was rekindle. I had to make a decision in music based on what I'm going to from here onward, this was when I had decided to do Dancehall/ Reggae music. Staying in my lane with my culture I began making tiny steps in this direction never denying at any point my musical talent. I have been captured many times by others in my zone when I'm vibing at work by customers and coworkers. My journey as a musical artist has come thus far with still a lot more to learn about my musical culture. It really began one night walking home from a friend house in the streets of Bronx NY I saw a lady dressed in black wearing Stilettos which drew my attention to see what was happening inside. With great arousal of my curiosity I asked the Bouncer what was happening inside, which he told me it was a karaoke night so I decided to go inside. I went inside the club and took a seat but it was not just a karaoke but a talent competition. watching several young aspiring musical artist doing their performance and critiquing, I was motivated to ask question regarding entry. During a break I spoke with one of the judge on the panel and asked about entry which I was privilege to enter. Not expecting that this would happen I was placed in the lineup as the last artist to preformed with two persons before me. With no preparation for this competition I used my smart phone and went on my Facebook where I had uploaded a video in circulation some months now getting the feedback from my friends about my talent. It was now my turn to perform with one ear bud in my ears I play the audio from my facebook and began the DJ the song titled "Juss lef Yaad" which is mixture of dancehall and rap. The crowd went crazy singing the chorus "juss lef yaad now mi fresh inna foreign, step offa di plane so mi buk a likkle brownin juss lef yaad weh mi seh mi do juss lef yaad". By the end of my performance they were calling me juss lef yaad. The response from the judges were complimentary regarding the fact I wasn't prepared for this my performance was exemplary. I turned up the following week for performance without an instrumental for a song that I wrote, as a result I was slaughtered by the judges saying that my song was garbage. The following week I didn't return to the competition that's when I began applying myself with the love of music and being an artist.
While partying one night I heard the "chill Spot riddim" version I request the instrumental on my phone from the DJ Supa Mike Renz International sound, and began writing my first hit melodious single "Come Ova" on the Chill Spot riddim. This song was composed by me and first recorded by DJ Jaime Hype from Young Hawk sound and mixed, later that evening it was playing in the club my first hit song. It was then rerecord by Bernard aka Bdot my recording engineer and mixed down, being so proud of my accomplishment it was distributed to a few DJs in the Bronx. A few weeks later I received a phone call from Supa Mike to call a Bronx live radio station where I heard my song being played on the airwaves and being replayed a couple times with special shout out to me JBankz. This was when I really realized my talent and put more time to hone my craft. Being tutored and mentor by a few other artist , producer, songwriter and engineers I seen growth in my talent. To date I'm working on my musical talent bringing it to the point of more comfort and thus expressing my versatility. I went on to write other smashing hits song like "How Fi Party" and a few of my recent "workin Haard", "My Mama" and "Anotha Story" which I'm getting good feedback.

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Reggae / Dancehall

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Bronx, NY